Mozart’s Birthday

My bust of Mozart

I think about Mozart a lot. I guess that a lot of musicians do. It’s that burial in a pauper’s grave. About the only thing that the American musician’s union used to do for you in return for the dues (besides preventing you from playing with 99% of the musicians in the world) was to take out a burial insurance policy in your name. When I was an actual member of the muso’s union, back in 1975, I thought this was the most absurd and pointless thing. Now, of course, with the mouth of the grave looming ever larger in my horizon, I’m not so sure. I am also convinced that they did this to prevent the Mozart effect. You might have rotten teeth and bleeding gums, you might starve, but at least they wouldn’t dump you in a hole and cover you with lime like the final scene of “Amadeus”.

And speaking of “Amadeus”, I cringe to admit that the movie made me cry. I identified with Salieri and Mozart both. I would mist up over the how tragically the world had under-appreciated my genius and then I would take another pull on my whiskey bottle. Boo hoo hoo.

I don’t know what Mozart was. I think that he, like Da Vinci and Einstein, was some sort of ubermensch, far far removed from the rest of us paddling in our ordinary pools of sludge. If we can be compared to amoebas swimming around in our puddle, Mozart was at least a tadpole.

So, happy birthday, Wolfie! Wherever you are now, and whatever you are doing. Maybe you and Salieri are a married couple living in New Jersey. Maybe Paulie Mozart plays bass in a metal band at a mob roadhouse while Marie Salieri-Mozart tends bar. Maybe their son Lynch Mob thinks he has a shot at “Jersey Shore”. Probably not.

The wikipedia entry on Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (German: [ˈvɔlfɡaŋ amaˈdeus ˈmoːtsaʁt], English see fn.),[1] baptismal name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart[2] (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music.via Wikipedia

non union musician’s burial

Author: Blaine L. Reininger

Blaine L. Reininger was born July 10, 1953 in Pueblo, Colorado. Then he lived a life. By and by, he founded Tuxedomoon with Steven Brown in 1977. He traipsed around America, tuxedomooning until 1980, when he began to traipse around Europe. As a direct result of all of this traipsing, many musical compositions were composed, most of which found their way to some sort of mechanical device capable of reproducing musical compositions. This was mostly for the good. He now lives in Athens, Greece, where he is content.

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